Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World by Bill Clinton

Truly inspiring. President Clinton outlines a diverse array of giving throughout the world. He includes people of all nations, races, ethnicities, ages and socio-economic backgrounds. While I am sure that the print version would urge one to action as well, the audio makes one want to run through a wall for someone else’s benefit. I don’t know what it is, he doesn’t raise or overly inflate his voice, (and though polished, you can definitely tell that he is from Lil Rock)but he could probably get up and recite the phone book in any locker room and inspire a team to great things.

He does a great job of making you feel like that EVERYONE can contribute. You can tell that he is absolutely focused on the future; he wants everyone to give, but never, ever makes you feel like a schmuck for not having done enough thus far.

Included is a 14-page resource that lists all the organizations he covers. (On the audio version, it is a pdf document on the final disc.)

But it is also yet another reason to lament our over-polarized society. Because it is written by Bill Clinton, many people of differing political views may well never pick it up. And that is really a shame.

11/22/63 by Stephen King

Of all the eternal What-ifs of history, few loom lager than JFK. What would the world be like today if he had survived the assassination attempt? For Jake Epping, via Al Templeton, it would be a much better place. Vietnam would never have escalated into the meat grinder it became and¬†the Cold War would have ended well before Reagan shouted at Gorbachev to “Tear down this wall!” Not far-fetched scenarios by any stretch of the imagination, but does that make them sound?

Jake Epping has been given the opportunity¬†to find out. However, as Al reminds him, and Jake reminds the reader, and Jake reminds the reader, and Jake reminds the reader, and Jake reminds the reader, “The past is obdurate.” Though, to tell the truth, after reading this marvelous work, I wonder if King isn’t really saying that the FUTURE is obdurate. People, places, and things just don’t seem to want to work unless they are allowed to work towards some foregone conclusion.

Butterflies are in full effect, what would you do?